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Scrotal haematoma following vasectomy: an unusual surgical emergency
  1. Bobby O'Leary1,2
  1. 1Department of Surgery, Midlands Regional Hospital, Laois, Ireland
  2. 2Department of Gynaecology, St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Bobby O'Leary, robertd.oleary{at}


A 46-year-old man who underwent a vasectomy at his general practitioner presented to the emergency department at a regional hospital with a 6 h history of scrotal swelling and skin discolouration. He was haemodynamically stable on admission, with a large, dark red swelling in his scrotum. The patient was admitted to an acute surgical unit for exploration of his scrotum. Bilateral transverse incisions were made in the patient's groin, and approximately 600 mL of blood was drained from the patient's scrotum. Postoperatively, the patient performed well, and was discharged home on oral antibiotics and analgesia. The patient's scrotum healed well, and after 2 months of follow-up, he was discharged.

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